Leicester City have wasted little time in finding a new manager after they confirmed the appointment of Claude Puel on a three-year contract.
The Foxes relieved Craig Shakespeare of his duties last week on the back of a six-match winless run in England’s top flight, and only one win in eight games.
Michael Appleton has since overseen back-to-back victories over Swansea and Leeds in the Premier League and EFL Cup respectively, but the club were keen to have a permanent coach in place for the visit of Everton this weekend and they achieved that target.
Puel has been out of a job since parting ways with Southampton during the off-season. The Frenchman spent just 12 months at St Mary’s, but took the Saints to the EFL Cup final and secured an eighth-placed finish in the league.
The 56-year-old brings a wealth of experience to the King Power Stadium, having won the Ligue 1 title with Monaco in 2000, while he also managed Lille, Lyon and Nice during his time in France.
“When we began the process of identifying a new manager, the board quickly established the profile of candidate we needed to take the club forward and Claude Puel was a perfect fit,” vice chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha told the club’s official website.
“Upon meeting Claude, his attention to detail, knowledge of our squad, understanding of our potential and his vision to help us realise it were extremely impressive.
“He quickly emerged as the outstanding candidate and I am delighted we will have the opportunity to reinforce our long-term vision, aided significantly by his expertise.”
Puel added: “It’s a great privilege to become the new manager of Leicester City – a club whose values and ambitions are closely aligned to my own.
“The opportunity to help the club build on its remarkable recent achievements is a truly exciting one and I’m looking forward to working with the owners, players, staff and supporters to deliver further lasting success.”